1. My electric heat pad, which is a Beurer  which is available on Amazon and other website, heat is something I use for pain relief on a daily basis. 
  2. My horseshoe neck cushion from Pain Relief Cushions which I am ‘always’ popping into the microwave.
  3. My N:rem Sleep System which has an offer this month for my readers. If you wish to purchase a mattress you can have the first months installment for FREE – just quote BACKPAINBLOG for the offer. 
  4. My Kindle Fire – I have the right music, the right books and the right audiobooks to help me relax and use it every single day. I think probably the best place to buy one without doubt Amazon. 
  5. My coccyx cushions – I have them in my car and my husband’s car and use them whenever or however I travel. There are lots of site’s that sell these and I am going to review a new sciatica relief cushion soon which is being launched at the Back Pain Show. 


We all know how shoes can affect our lumber spine and other parts of our back but people with back problems need to be extremely careful with the type of shoes they wear. Footwear can have a much bigger effect on back health than many people realize. This is especially true for people who must stand for long periods of time on a regular basis, but even a short amount of time in the wrong shoes can cause stress and pain to your vertebrae and the soft tissues that support them. In fact walking the wrong way can actually lead to conditions like sciatica, bulging discs, disc pain and other degenerative spine disorders.

Joya shoes have come up with a type of shoe which can solve all those problems. The positive effect of a soft, springy surface on the locomotive system has been put to good use by physiotherapist for a long time now and is a highly topical subject in the fields of prevention/rehabilitation. The Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots.

When your heal strikes the soft Joya sole, your foot makes ‘micro-movements’ which can help to activate the muscles around the joints in the feet, hips and back. The soft polyurethane sole provides and effective cushioning, which can help to take the pressure of your backbone and lighten the load on your spinal discs. You can find lots more about Joya shoes on their site and all the styles available.


A new sciatica relief cushion is to be launched at The Back Pain Show in May 19th/20th in Birmingham, with Sciatica Pain Relief, Ian Garside who is the inventor of the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion. He is a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist and also a 5th dan Shotokan Karate instructor and has been studying and instructing for over 40 years.

Through a combination of Ian’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and his engineering design skills he developed the first prototype for a sciatic pain relief device. From this prototype with the specialist knowledge of his co-directors, and patient feedback, he has developed the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion.

There is a great video which Ian has put together about the Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion.


For chronic pain sufferers our bedside table can reveal what we rely on to help us relax and get through the night.

As I sit on my bed and look at mine I have my bedside light with a press button on and off switched which I find so much easier than one under the bulb as I don’t need to stretch to turn it on and off.

I have a lovely heart tile a friend gave me which says ‘Good friends are hard to find harder to leave and impossible to forget’ which I use for my mugs of tea or glasses of water.

I have a tiny fluffy toy poodle which is fastened with magnets around my lamp stand which another friend gave me when I first had my poodle.

I have my chargers for my phone and kindle fire and my heat blanket all plugged in ready to use when I want them,

I have the landline hands free phone.

I also have some hand creams and my Tumeric tablets as the container is too big to go into my drawer.

I keep all my pills in a very pretty box which makes them look less clinical, in the bedside drawer.

What’s on your nightstand?


An article in The Mail on Sunday written by Carol Davis stated that there is a pioneering surgery to fix worn out spinal discs which is being carried out by British doctors who get to the vertebrae through an incision in the patient’s side.

Surgery is usually carried out through the abdomen or from the back of the body but this runs risks of damaging major blood vessels, or organs such as the bowel, and the spinal nerves.

With the new procedure known as Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF ) it is carried out with specialised instruments inserted through the flank areas. It even has a probe which is placed into a back muscle which can send warning signals to a monitor if a surgical instrument gets too close to vital organs or arteries.

Although there is still a risk of injury, experts hope this will be lower than with other spinal surgery techniques. The new procedure will give hope to thousands of sufferers. Patient, Linda Black, 65, from Shrewsbury is now pain free after having surgery to remove a worn out disc.

After having the XLIF procedure she was out of hospital in just over 24 hours and the pain relief was instant.